Brew at the Zoo presented by M.L. Rose, Nashville Zoo’s annual beer festival event, took place on a beautiful evening in June. Guests enjoyed some of Nashville's best breweries, animal encounters, live music, food and festivities! Brew attendees also got to meet the historic clouded leopard cub, Niran, learn about protecting the last great forests of Northern Borneo at the Conservation Lounge, and drank among the flamingos around Jungle Loop.
This year's Conservation Lounge proceeds supported the ongoing efforts through Rainforest Trust- a world leader in conservation protecting millions of acres of rainforest from destruction while helping the world's most endangered species thrive. The success of this year's Conservation Lounge resulted in a $6,850 donation to one of Rainforest Trusts projects to save the forests in Northern Borneo. Any donations made towards this project will be matched by an anonymous and very generous donor!
Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has saved 16,071,866 acres. Nashville Zoo's conservation donation will go towards saving 5,000 acres for the Northern Borneo project. The rainforests of Sabah on the Malaysian portion of the Southeast Asian island of Borneo are among the most biodiverse in the tropics...and are facing a major crisis. The area's numerous endemic and endangered species are at high risk due to habitat destruction caused by deforestation and agricultural conversion. Rainforest Trust is collaborating with local partners to generate high-resolution maps that integrate land use with biodiversity information which will help identify the most critical and strategic areas to ensure a connected network of protected areas that will greatly benefit species such as Bornean Orangutans, Sunda Pangolins, Helmeted Hornbills, Borneo Pygmy Elephants and Clouded Leopards.
Thank you again for your support of Brew at the Zoo and Nashville Zoo! We hope you enjoy these fun photos commemorating this year's beer festival. A special thanks to our photographer Nathan Zucker.